ST. LOUIS - Senior Matt Brown etched his place into Penn State wrestling lore
with a dramatic 5-4 victory in the 2015 NCAA title match at 174 pounds on
Saturday night inside the Scottrade Center.
A model student-athlete in every sense of the word, Brown became Penn State's
23rd national champion (29 overall titles) in unique fashion on a locked hands
technical point at the buzzer in the third period. Nevertheless, Brown earned
the victory and will forever be a member of an elite club in wrestling history.
"When you're a little kid you dream of hitting that grand
slam in the ninth inning, and sometimes it's a bunt," Brown said. "Still get
the job done."
Brown will finish a stellar Penn State career with a 118-16 overall record. A
three-time All-American, the Utah native notched his third-straight finish in
the top five at the national tournament this season. A tireless worker on and
off the mat, Brown is a humble national champion for the Penn State Blue and
"Pretty cool. I didn't expect the match to end like that.
But that's how the ball bounces and it landed my way this time," said Brown.
As a team, the Nittany Lions' run of consecutive national titles will come
to a close at four, but Penn State entered the national tournament in 2015 with
a very young team. That being said, the Nittany Lions totaled five
All-Americans, including three wrestlers who finished in the top five at their
respective weight classes. With Brown's national championship, the Nittany Lions
finished with 26 total victories and 67.5 points at the 2015 national
Final Team Standings 1. Ohio State - 102.0
2. Iowa - 84.0
3. Edinboro - 75.5
4. Missouri - 73.5
5. Cornell - 71.5
6. Penn State - 67.5
It's rare to come across a student-athlete more deserving of success than
Brown. One of the most polite individuals you will ever meet off the mat, Brown
is a tenacious wrestler with a never-ending motor in the circle. His march
through the 174-pound draw featured a pair of majors and three-straight victories
that were decided by one point.
Battling eighth-seeded Tyler Wilps (Pittsburgh) in the national title match,
Brown trailed 1-0 after two periods before a frenetic third. The Nittany Lion
senior escaped to start the third to make it a 1-1 match. Brown added a
takedown for a 3-1 lead. Wilps added an escape and then scored a takedown of
his own to claim a 4-3 lead in the final 20 seconds. But Brown was not done.
Awarded a stalling point in the final four seconds, Brown and Wilps finished
the match off with the score tied at 4-4. Looking like a bout destined for
sudden victory, the officials reviewed and awarded Brown a point for a Wilps locked
hands violation, thus giving Brown his first national championship.
"I was disappointed I gave up the late takedown, but felt
confident I could get away still and tie up the match," said Brown. "Had a
tough ride, kind of just trying to get the time off the clock. Once the
challenge started I felt comfortable because I knew he locked hands, and I was
trying to point that out." Brown's approach to the Penn State program has been team-first every second he
has been in Happy Valley. He has the utmost respect from his fellow teammates
and coaching staff. "I just know how important it has been for Matt to be a national champion,"
head coach Cael Sanderson said. "He's been talking about being a national
champion since we first started recruiting him many years ago. He's done
everything we've asked him to do, the little things...I'm very happy for him. I'm
very proud of him. He did a great job. And Matt Brown is a national champion." Simply put, no one has deserved the opportunity to have his hand raised on the
sport's ultimate stage than Brown. He is a first-class individual with an
infectious personality, who has been truly grateful for the opportunity to be a
student-athlete. "He's a kid who has done everything we have
asked," head assistant coach Casey Cunningham said. "He's one of the hardest
workers we've ever had. He's a 4.0 (GPA) student...He's the type of kid you never
worry about outside the room. You know he is doing the right things in leading
the young guys. He's just been a pleasure to work with." As Coach Sanderson succinctly put it, Matt Brown is a national champion for
Penn State. And he will wear the crown with nothing but dignity and class. The 2015 NCAA Championships are now complete. And attention has already turned
to next season's national tournament, which will take place inside Madison
Square Garden from March 15-17. Mark your calendars. The program will celebrate
Brown's achievement, but the team has an eye on what lies ahead in the future.
Breaking Down the Nittany Lions 125: #11 Jordan Conaway (27-9) - 4-3
- Eighth Place (All-American) 133: #7 Jimmy Gulibon (26-9) - 4-2 - Fifth Place (All-American) 149: #12 Zack Beitz (19-11) - 1-2 - Tournament Complete 174: #2 Matt Brown (29-3) - 5-0 - NATIONAL CHAMPION (All-American) 184: #14 Matt McCutcheon (26-14) - 2-2 - Tournament Complete 197: #2 Morgan McIntosh (32-3) - 6-1 - Third Place (All-American) 285: #8 Jimmy Lawson (18-6) - 3-3 - Sixth Place (All-American)
GoPSUsports.com's Tony Mancuso on Twitter @GoPSUTony
ST. LOUIS -By no means was the road to the top
line of the consolation bracket and easy one for Morgan McIntosh on Saturday
morning, but the junior knocked off a pair of top seeds on Saturday to cap off
a strong run through the back draw en route to finishing third at 197 pounds
during the medal round of the NCAA Championships.
McIntosh downed top-seeded J'Den Cox (Missouri) in the consolation semifinals
before defeating fifth-seeded Scott Schiller (Minnesota) in the third-place
match. Sophomore Jimmy Gulibon also won his final match of the tournament to
finish in fifth spot at 133 pounds.
In addition to McIntosh and Gulibon, Jordan Conaway (125) and Jimmy Lawson
(285) wrapped up competition in the medal round on Saturday morning. Conwaway
finished eighth and Lawson was sixth. All five Lions in action on Saturday will
head home as All-Americans for 2015.
While the Nittany Lions' run of consecutive national titles will end at
four, Penn State entered the national tournament in 2015 with a young team.
That being said, the Nittany Lions had five All-Americans, including three
wrestlers who finished in the top five at their respective weight classes. With
McIntosh's two wins and one from Gulibon, Penn State finished the fifth session
with 63.5 total points in the team race. The Nittany Lions are sixth in the
Session V Team Standings (Main
Draw/Consolation) 1. Ohio State - 94.0 (3 Finalists)
2. Iowa - 84.0. (1 Finalist)
3. Edinboro - 75.5 (2 Finalists)
4. Missouri - 69.5 (1 Finalist)
5. Cornell - 67.5 (2 Finalists)
6. Penn State - 63.5 (1 Finalist)
Entering the week as the Big Ten champion and second overall seed, McIntosh
looked to be a prime candidate to wrestle in the national final at 197 pounds.
But a narrow 3-2 setback in the quarterfinals sent the California native to the
McIntosh knew the Nittany Lions were counting on him to rebound after the loss,
and he did so with a vengeance. Between Friday evening and Saturday morning,
McIntosh rattled off four-straight victories in the back draw on his way to
third. The list included three-straight over top six seeds in the 197-pound
"It hurts to take a loss like that and know you can't get on the top of the
podium this year, but I've learned over the years to put it in the past and not
dwell on it," said McIntosh. "You can't think about what could have been or
what you could have done. You can take away a lesson to learn from it, but you
can't dwell on it and have negative thoughts in your head because that's just
going to bring you down when you need to step up in wrestlebacks."
His first bout on Saturday featured a showdown with the No. 1 wrestler at 197. Down
1-0 after the first period against No. 1 Cox, McIntosh roared to an escape and
takedown in the third period for a 3-1 win in the consolation semifinals. Then,
he wasted little time grabbing a lead in the third-place match against Schiller.
McIntosh used a pair of first-period takedowns for 4-1 edge. He added two
reversals and a third takedown for a 12-7 victory to claim third.
The junior finished a stellar season with a 32-3 overall record and a Big Ten
title. McIntosh will have 365 days to wait, but he is primed to make a run in
next year's national tournament.
Gulibon also showed a great deal of grit during the week in St. Louis. Like
everyone in the lineup, the 133-pound sophomore had aspirations of being on the
stage in the finals on Saturday night. He fell just short in Friday's
semifinals in a 7-5 decision against Iowa's Cory Clark. Gulibon dropped his
first match on Saturday, but he battled back with a 9-5 win over Mason Beckman
"(In a way), I'm glad I got fifth because it will serve as great motivation
during the offseason," Gulibon said. "I need to work on finishing shots in the
offseason, but everyone wrestled well (this week), and I'm looking forward to
Lawson finished sixth after coming up short in a 6-0 decision against Iowa's
Bobby Telford, but will finish as an All-American. Conaway came home with an
eighth place finish at 125 pounds after yielding a last-second takedown to
Oklahoma State's Eddie Klimara in the seventh-place match. Nonetheless, the junior
finished 2015 as an All-American.
All eyes now shift towards the national finals. Matt Brown will wrestle on the
sport's grandest stage in the 174-pound final on Saturday at 8 p.m. ET (ESPN).
The championship finals will begin at 149 pounds, so Brown and Tyler Wilps of
Pitt will wrestle in the fourth match on the lineup. Brown beat Wilps by a
score of 6-5 at the Southern Scuffle in January.
"He is one of my best friends on the team, and he has been awesome," McIntosh
said. "I'm so happy for him. He deserves this more than anyone. He's been a
great partner (in the wrestling room), a great mentor and a great friend. I
respect him a ton. I'm so excited to watch him."
The Nittany Lion senior is Penn State's 16th finalist since 2010. And by virtue
of Brown competing in the final, it marks the sixth-straight year that a
Nittany Lion is a national finalist.
Breaking Down the Nittany Lions
125: #11 Jordan Conaway (27-9) - 4-3
- Eighth Place (All-American)
133: #7 Jimmy Gulibon (26-9) - 4-2 - Fifth Place (All-American)
ST. LOUIS - Following a 1-0 victory in the national semifinals on Friday
evening, senior Matt Brown is headed to the 174-pound national title match at
the NCAA Championships.
The undoubted team leader for Nittany Lion wrestling will compete in the
tournament final for the second time in three seasons on Saturday inside the Scottrade Center. Brown's semifinal victory
headlined a day where five Penn State wrestlers earned All-America honors in
"It was a tough semifinal match against Mike Evans of Iowa," Brown said. "He's
a tough competitor. I was fortunate to come out with the W. It was a close match."
In addition to Brown, Jordan Conaway (125), Jimmy Gulibon (133), Morgan
McIntosh (197) and Jimmy Lawson (285) are All-Americans for 2015 and remain
alive in the consolation bracket.
In all, Penn State will have five wrestlers in action on Saturday, with one in
the finals (Brown), three in the consolation semifinals (Gulibon, McIntosh and
Lawson) and one in a seventh place bout (Jordan Conaway). Fueled by Brown's win
in the semifinals, Penn State finished the fourth session of the tournament with 58.0 total
points in the team race. The Nittany Lions are sixth in the standings.
Session IV Team Standings (Main
Draw/Consolation) 1. Ohio State - 86.5 (3 Finalists/2 Consolation)
2. Iowa - 73. (1 Finalist/5 Consolation)
3. Cornell - 66.5 (2 Finalists/2 Consolation)
4. Edinboro - 64.5 (2 Finalists/2 Consolation)
5. Missouri - 60.0 (1 Finalist/4 Consolation)
6. Penn State - 58.0 (1 Finalist/4 Consolation)
Wrestling for the third time since Feb. 8, Brown and Mike Evans are no strangers to
one another. And like the first two meetings between the two, Friday's
semifinal tilt was a chess match between two guys who are tough to score
against. Coming into the match, neither wrestler had given up a takedown during the tournament. And that did not change after seven minutes of action in the semifinals.
After a scoreless first period, Brown started in the down position to start the
second. He popped free for an escape point and a 1-0 lead after two frames.
However, rather than start in the down position to begin the third period like
he did in the previous two meetings this season, Evans chose the neutral
position in the third. Down 1-0, the Iowa senior went on the attack with shot attempt after shot attempt in the
latter stages of the match, but Brown was not going to be denied an opportunity
to wrestle on the stage Saturday night.
"Just keep wrestling tough. That was one thing. I wanted to go in and wrestle
through every position, and I was able to do that," Brown said. "I wasn't able
to get the takedown like I wanted. But in the Big Ten finals, I gave up some
scrambles. That was something I was trying to work on consciously."
Saturday evening will be Brown's second appearance on the sport's biggest
stage. The Utah native dropped a 2-1 overtime decision to No. 1 Chris Perry
(Oklahoma State) in the 174-pound final in 2013. Brown has that experience in
the back of his mind, and he has learned from it.
"Two years ago was the first time I was here at the NCAA Tournament," said
Brown. "I wasn't complacent at all, but I was ecstatic just to be in the finals
and I wrestled a really tough match and ended up dropping in overtime in a
loss. But I didn't celebrate after my quarters becoming an All-American,
because that's not my goal. I'll have a chance to achieve that tomorrow."
Gulibon's semifinal match against Iowa's Cory Clark featured a frenetic pace
from start to finish. After a scoreless first, Gulibon got on the board with a
reversal early in the second period. Clark scored an escape point and then
secured a takedown for a 3-2 lead after two. In the third, Clark's lead grew to
6-2 with an escape and takedown. Gulibon notched an escape and a takedown to
make it 6-5, but with riding time, Clark moved into the national semifinals
with a 7-5 victory.
The Nittany Lion sophomore has wrestled very well in St. Louis, but came up
just shy of finishing a takedown shot when the match was 4-2 in the third.
Clark countered for a takedown and a 6-2 lead. The margin for error is
incredibly thin when it comes to the national tournament. Nonetheless, Gulibon
is very much alive in the race for third.
Joining Gulibon in the consolation semifinals will be McIntosh (197) and Lawson
(285). Both McIntosh and Lawson notched two victories on Friday evening to
remain alive in the race for third spot at their respective weight classes.
For Lawson, his journey to the starting lineup was by no means easy as a Nittany Lion wrestler, but the
New Jersey native is now an All-American and will have the opportunity to wear
the Penn State singlet one more time on Saturday.
"It hasn't been easy, but it means a lot to me (to be an All-American)," Lawson said. "Obviously, I
wanted to have the chance to wrestle for a title, but being a senior and having
the chance to wrestle for third is something I'm really looking forward to."
Session five begins at 11 a.m. ET on ESPNU and ESPN3.com. The fifth session is
the medal round, with consolation action leading up to the third, fifth and
seventh place matches.
Breaking Down the Nittany Lions
125: #11 Jordan Conaway (27-8) - 4-2
- Seventh Place Match (All-American) Up Next: Seventh Place Match vs. No. 7 Eddie Klimara (Oklahoma State)
133: #7 Jimmy Gulibon (25-8) - 3-1 - Consolation Semifinals (All-American) Up Next: Consolation Semifinal Round
vs. No. 9 A.J. Schopp (Edinboro)
ST. LOUIS - Senior Matt Brown (174) and sophomore Jimmy Gulibon (133) will
represent the Nittany Lion wrestling team in the NCAA semifinals on Friday
evening inside the Scottrade Center.
Brown and Gulibon earned victories in the quarterfinal round of the national
tournament en route to All-American status during the third session of the NCAA
Championships. The two wins earned Penn State's 190th and 191st
All-America accolades. Head coach Cael Sanderson has now had 28 All-America
honors during his six-year tenure as head coach.
The Lions went 2-3 in quarterfinal action on Friday. Matt McCutcheon (184),
Morgan McIntosh (197) and Jimmy Lawson (285) will each wrestle in the
consolation round of 12 on Friday evening after coming up short in the
quarterfinals. Jordan Conaway (125) put together a strong session with two
victories in consolation action to punch a ticket into the consolation round of
12, as well.
In all, Penn State will have six wrestlers in action on Friday evening, with two
in the semifinals and four in the consolation bracket. Thanks the pair of
semifinal berths, Penn State finished the third session with 33.5 total points
in the team race. The Nittany Lions are eighth in the standings.
Session III Team Standings (Main
Draw/Consolation) 1. Ohio State - 64.5
(5 Main Draw/0 Consolation) 2. Iowa - 47.5 (3 Main Draw/4 Consolation) 3. Missouri - 45.0 (3 Main Draw/ 4 Consolation)
4. Cornell - 41.5 (3 Main Draw/1 Consolation)
5. Edinboro - 40.5 (3 Main Draw/2 Consolation) 6. Nebraska - 36.5 (1 Main Draw/5 Consolation) 7. Oklahoma State - 36.0 (2 Main Draw/4 Consolation) 8. Penn State - 33.5 (2 Main Draw/4 Consolation)
Gulibon kick-started Penn State's morning with a strong effort against
Wisconsin's Ryan Taylor. The Nittany Lion sophomore wrestled the second-seeded
Taylor at the Big Ten Championships two weeks ago. Taylor used a takedown in
sudden victory to beat Gulibon, 7-5.
With that match on his mind, Gulibon knew he needed a quick start in Friday's
quarterfinal match. The Latrobe native scored the first takedown of the match
and notched two near-fall points for a 4-0 lead after one period. Taylor
quickly answered with a pair of takedowns, but Gulibon prepared all week for
how he was going to handle adversity. He answered the bell with a strong finish
en route to a 9-4 victory and a spot in the NCAA semifinals against
third-seeded Cory Clark (Iowa).
"I feel like I have been wrestling pretty well," Gulibon said. "I think the
whole team is keeping the momentum going. Watching the other guys go out there
and win, it obviously gives me a boost to go out there and wrestle hard. I've
just tried to go out there and attack." Brown became the second Nittany Lion to earn a spot in the semifinals
with a hard-fought 2-1 victory against eighth-seeded Zach Epperly (Virginia
Tech). Brown took a 1-0 lead with an escape to open the second. He built 1:45
of riding time in the third before Epperly squared the match at 1-1 with an
escape. Brown held off Epperly's late takedown attempt in the final seconds to
earn a 2-1 with riding time for his second trip to the national semifinals in
The Lion veteran has had a smile on his face throughout the week in St. Louis.
Knowing this is his last opportunity to wear a Penn State singlet, Brown is wrestling
loose and with confidence at the national tournament. And through three
matches, he has been strong on the mat. Brown is yet to give up a takedown this
week (one reversal).
All eyes will be on his matchup against Iowa
veteran and third-seeded Mike Evans in the semifinals. Brown and Evans are no
strangers to one another. The Nittany Lion senior has beaten Evans twice this
year by the score of 2-0 (no takedowns from either wrestler in either match).
Evans scored a 5-4 tiebreaker victory over Brown in the NCAA quarterfinals last
The run through the main draw drew to a close for McCutcheon, McIntosh and
Lawson on Friday. McCutcheon fell in sudden victory (7-5) against Ohio State's
Kenny Courts. By the narrowest of margins, McIntosh fell just shy of being
awarded a takedown in the final seconds of a 3-2 decision against Duke's Conner
Hartmann. Lawson dropped an 11-3 major decision to top-seeded and defending
national champion Nick Gwiazdowski (North Carolina State).
Session four begins at 8 p.m. ET on ESPNU and ESPN3.com. The tournament semifinals
will take place on the inner two mats of a six-mat setup. Two additional rounds
of consolation action will also take place on the outer four mats.
Breaking Down the Nittany Lions
125: #11 Jordan Conaway (26-7) - 3-1
- Consolation Round of 12 Up Next: Consolation Round of 12 vs. David
Tarao (American) 133: #7 Jimmy Gulibon (25-7) - 3-0 - Tournament Semifinals
(All-American) Up Next: Semifinal Round vs. No. 3 Cory
174: #2 Matt Brown (27-3) - 3-0 - Tournament Semifinals (All-American) Up Next: Semifinal Round vs. No. 3
Mike Evans (Iowa)
184: #14 Matt McCutcheon (26-13) - 2-1 - Consolation Round of 12 Up Next: Consolation Round of 12 vs. No. 16 Tim Dudley (Nebraska) 197: #2 Morgan McIntosh (27-3) - 2-1 - Consolation Round of 12 Up Next: Consolation Round of 12 vs. No. 13 Shane Woods 285: #8 Jimmy Lawson (17-4) - 2-1 - Consolation Round of 12 Up Next: Consolation Round of 12 vs. No. 11 Devin Mellon
Follow GoPSUsports.com's Tony
Mancuso on Twitter @GoPSUTony
ST. LOUIS - Had it not been for two narrow sudden victory setbacks on Thursday
evening, the Nittany Lions would have been perfect on day one of the NCAA
Wrestling Championships inside Scottrade Center.
The four-time defending national champions tallied a stellar 12-2 mark on the first day
of competition, including a 5-2 record during the second round of the
championship draw. Jimmy Gulibon (133), Matt Brown (174), Matt McCutcheon
(184), Morgan McIntosh (197) and Jimmy Lawson (285) will represent Penn State
in the national quarterfinals on Friday morning after winning twice on
Additionally, Jordan Conaway (125) and Zack Beitz (149) will wrestle in the
second round of the consolation bracket on Friday. All seven Nittany Lion
wrestlers have contributed to Penn State's 18.5 points following the first day
in St. Louis.
Thanks to another 2.0 bonus points on Thursday evening (6.5 for the day), the
Nittany Lions will head into Friday in a tie for third in the team
race. Penn State and Oklahoma State each have 18.5 points after two
sessions. Ohio State is first with 23 points.
Session II Team Standings (Main
Draw/Consolation) 1. Ohio State - 23.0 (5 Main Draw/3 Consolation)
2. Iowa - 21.0 (5 Main Draw/3 Consolation) 3. Oklahoma State - 19.5 (5 Main Draw/3 Consolation) 4. Penn State - 18.5 (5 Main Draw/2 Consolation)
5. Missouri - 18.0 (3 Main Draw/6 Consolation) Nebraska - 18.0 (3 Main Draw/6 Consolation)
The story of day one in St. Louis can be told at 184 pounds for the Nittany
Lions. McCutcheon, a redshirt freshman, making his first appearance at the
national tournament looked like anything but a rookie on Thursday. After
scoring a dominant technical fall victory in round one, McCutcheon used a
takedown in the first sudden victory period to dispatch No. 3-seeded Blake
Stauffer from Arizona State by a count of 3-1.
"I was just wrestling my match, pulling the guy around and getting to my leg
attacks," McCutcheon said. "I knew I needed to finish better. I was in on him
two times, and I knew I needed to finish better and get into the quarters."
McCutcheon will wrestle in the quarterfinals against Ohio State's Kenny Courts
on Friday morning.
"It's been exciting, but I need to put this one in the past and get ready for the
next one," McCutcheon said.
McCutcheon's teammates are feeding off of the freshman's gritty attitude. Brown
and McIntosh had big grins on their faces when they embraced McCutcheon after
the victory. McIntosh marched into the quarterfinals with a 14-5 major decision
against Nebraska's Aaron Studebaker, but after his bout he took a moment to
reflect on the job McCutcheon has done.
"Bonus points are always important, and you always have to work hard to get
them," McIntosh said. "I was pumped up to go out there and wrestle after Matt
(McCutcheon) got his big win. It was awesome to see him out there."
Brown outscored his opponents by a count of 22-6 on Thursday. In the evening
session, the Nittany Lion senior jumped out to a 5-0 lead against Lehigh's
Santiago Martinez. And thanks to nearly three minutes of riding time, Brown
notched a workmanlike 10-2 major. Knowing it is his last opportunity to wrestle
at the national tournament, Brown is having fun in St. Louis.
"He seems pretty loose," head coach Cael Sanderson said. "He is wrestling calm, and he has been
ready to go. I think that is important for him. It's important to go out there
and score points. The matches are going to get bigger, and the guy who wants to
go out there and score points is the one who is going to win."
In addition to Brown, McCutcheon and McIntosh, Gulibon and Lawson round out
Penn State's quarterfinalists. Gulibon rallied from 4-3 down to score an 8-4
decision thanks to a late four-point move against Utah Valley's Jade Rauser. Lawson
used two third-period takedowns to top Minnesota's Michael Kroells by a score
"(Lawson's) moving well, and I think this is the best we have seen him look,"
Sanderson said. "He's got a big match tomorrow against the returning national
Session three begins at 11 a.m. ET on ESPNU and ESPN3.com. The
tournament quarterfinals will be up first before two rounds of consolation
Breaking Down the Nittany Lions
125: #11 Jordan Conaway (24-7) - 1-1
- Consolation Second Round Up Next: Consolation Second Round vs.
Scott Parker (Lehigh)
133: #7 Jimmy Gulibon (24-7) - 2-0 - Tournament Quarterfinals Up Next: Quarterfinal Round vs. No. 2
Bradley Taylor (Wisconsin)
149: #12 Zack Beitz (19-10) - 1-1 - Consolation Second Round Up Next: Consolation Second Round vs.
No. 6 Alex Pantaleo (Michigan)
174: #2 Matt Brown (26-3) - 2-0 - Tournament Quarterfinals Up Next: Quarterfinal Round vs. No. 7
Zach Epperly (Virginia Tech)
184: #14 Matt McCutcheon (26-12) - 2-0 - Tournament Quarterfinals Up Next: Quarterfinal Round vs. Kenny
Courts (Ohio State)
197: #2 Morgan McIntosh (27-2) - 2-0 - Tournament Quarterfinals Up Next: Quarterfinal Round vs. No.
10 Connor Hartmann (Duke)
285: #8 Jimmy Lawson (17-3) - 2-0 - Tournament Quarterfinals Up Next: Quarterfinal Round vs. No. 1 Nick
Gwiazdowski (North Carolina State)
Follow GoPSUsports.com's Tony Mancuso on
ST. LOUIS - The
four-time defending national champion Nittany Lion wrestling team notched a
perfect first session at the 2015 NCAA Championships inside the Scottrade
Center on Thursday.
Bonus points were the theme of Penn State's superb start to the national
tournament. The Lions went 7-0 in first-round action, including four wins
featuring bonus points (three major decisions and one technical fall). Jordan
Conaway (125), Jimmy Gulibon (133), Zack Beitz (149), Matt Brown (174), Matt McCutcheon
(184), Morgan McIntosh (197) and Jimmy Lawson (285) all punched their tickets
into the second round of the bracket during the initial matches of the
Gulibon (11-3), Beitz (10-1) and Brown (12-4) each scored wins by virtue of
major decision, while McCutcheon (20-5 at 7:00) turned in a dominant technical
fall victory in his first ever match at the NCAA Championships.
Thanks to the unblemished record and 4.5 bonus points, the Nittany Lions will
head into Thursday's evening session in second spot with 11.5 tallies. Ohio
State is first with 13.5 points. Penn State is one of four teams with seven
wrestlers still alive in the main draw (Ohio State, Missouri and Oklahoma
Session I Team Standings (Main
Draw/Consolation) 1. Ohio State - 13.5 (7 Main Draw/3 Consolation)
2. Penn State - 11.5 (7 Main Draw/0 Consolation)
3. Cornell - 11.0 (6 Main Draw/3 Consolation)
4. Missouri - 11.0 (7 Main Draw/3 Consolation)
It was an impressive session for a pair of Nittany Lions who had never wrestled
in the NCAA Championships prior to Thursday. Beitz and McCutcheon looked
comfortable every second they were on the mat during their first bouts at the
"It was awesome," Beitz said. "I'm just grateful to have the opportunity to go
out there and wrestle at nationals for Penn State."
Beitz took a 2-0 lead after one against Shawn Greevy (Chattanooga), but he was
dominant in the second. The Mifflintown native scored a reversal to open the
frame before three near-fall points handed the sophomore a 7-0 lead. He never
looked back from there on his way to a 10-1 major.
"The one thing Coach Cael always says is keep going, going and going," Beitz
said. "That's what I want to keep trying to do, keep scoring points. And then
ride them tough and wear them out."
On the heels of a stout weekend at the Big Ten Championships, McCutcheon got
stronger as his match at 184 pounds against Nick Fiegener (Cal Poly). A pair of
back points late in the opening frame set the score at 7-3 when the first drew
to a close. The Nittany Lion redshirt freshman added two takedowns in the
second, including one right at the buzzer. McCutcheon marched to a seven-point
third period and notched a 20-5 technical fall.
"It feels good to get the first match out of the way," McCutcheon said. "I'm
ready to go. The coaches have me peaking at the right time, and I've just got
to keep it going."
With seven wrestlers in the lineup, the Nittany Lions knew how critical extra
points would be at the national tournament this year. Thus far, Penn State
wrestled with tremendous confidence, and it turned into four wins with extra
tallies. The Lions scored at least 10 points in five of the seven victories.
"Bonus points are huge here, and that is what is going through your mind when
you are out there," Beitz said. We just go out there with the mindset to score,
and then keep scoring."
The undefeated session sets up a host of critical second round matches on
"Our team realizes we are in this," McCutcheon said. "A lot of people are
counting us out. Our team has the mindset that we are here to win, so we are
going to go out there and score as many points as possible."
Session two begins at 7 p.m. ET on ESPNU and ESPN3.com. One round of
consolation action will take place before the Nittany Lions take the mat in the
second round. Jordan Conaway will be up first at 125 pounds.
Breaking Down the Nittany Lions
125: #11 Jordan Conaway (24-6) - 1-0
- Tournament Second Round Up Next: Second Round vs. No. 6 Thomas
133: #7 Jimmy Gulibon (23-7) - 1-0 - Tournament Second Round Up Next: Second Round vs. Jade Rauser
149: #12 Zack Beitz (19-9) - 1-0 - Tournament Second Round Up Next: Second Round vs. No. 5 Chris
174: #2 Matt Brown (25-3) - 1-0 - Tournament Second Round Up Next: Second Round vs. No. 15
Santiago Martinez (Lehigh)
184: #14 Matt McCutcheon (25-12) - 1-0 - Tournament Second Round Up Next: Second Round vs. No. 3 Blake
Stauffer (Arizona State)
197: #2 Morgan McIntosh (26-2) - 1-0 - Tournament Second Round Up Next: Second Round vs. No. 15
Aaron Studebaker (Nebraska)
285: #8 Jimmy Lawson (16-3) - 1-0 - Tournament Second Round Up Next: Second Round vs. No. 9 Michael
GoPSUsports.com's Tony Mancuso on Twitter @GoPSUTony
By Matt Allibone, GoPSUsports.com Student Staff Writer UNIVERSITY PARK,
Pa.- Cael Sanderson can't help but be a believer.
The head coach of
the Penn State wrestling team knows his team is in much different position
heading into the 2015 NCAA Championships than its been in the past few seasons.
After a fifth place finish in the Big Ten Tournament, the four-time defending
champion Nittany Lions will be heading into the biggest weekend of the year not
as the favorite, but as one of the underdogs.
And that's perfectly fine for Sanderson and his squad. While expectations may
not be the same for the Nittany Lions across the country, the Nittany Lions
desire to win has not been diminished in the slightest.
"I don't think my
perspective has necessarily changed," Sanderson said. "It's just a matter of
getting the kids to believe. I can see us winning, it's just a matter of doing
it, and not getting frustrated when things are not going our way because you've
got to make things go your way.
"I'm optimistic. I believe in the guys that we have going that they can get the
job done. Would it be a small miracle? Maybe, but I do believe in miracles."
Having qualified seven
out of 10 wrestlers for the tournament, the Lions will certainly have plenty of
work to do when the tournament kicks off on Thursday in St. Louis. Still, with
all seven wrestlers seeded in the top 16, Penn State will definitely have the
chance to make some noise.
At the very least,
each of Penn State's wrestlers will have a fighting chance to reach the top-eight
and earn All-American status. That being said, the Nittany Lions do take pride
in the team score and will take the mat looking to rack up bonus point to make
up for their lack of competitors.
"I'm excited. I
don't want to talk big but I think our guys have a chance to score a lot of
points," Sanderson said. "Is it going to be easy no, but can they do it, yeah."
It certainly won't
be easy, but then again, the Lions aren't looking for anything to be handed to
them. With the tournament kicking off in two days, here's a look at every Penn
125 Pounds: Junior Jordan Conaway (23-6, 11th
Seed, Third at B1G Tournament) Two years ago, Jordan
Conaway made a splash in his first NCAA Championships appearance, coming up one
win shy of becoming an All-American at 133 pounds.
Now competing at
125 after missing out on a starting spot last year, the Abbottstown,
Pennsylvania, native is determined to take that next step. Having claimed third
place in a brutally tough field at the Big Ten Tournament, Conaway seems to be
peaking at the right time.
"I'm just focused
on this year, I've been to this tournament before so I'm looking to do better
obviously," Conaway said. "We've wrestled our best as this tournament the past
few years, I don't see why this would be any different, and the same for me."
Sanderson has touted
the redshirt junior as someone he is expecting to breakout over the weekend.
With a 10-6 record this year against the NCAA field (including two wins and a
medical forfeit in the B1G Tournament) Conaway has proven he can beat top
It's something that
he'll have to prove early on as well. If the 125-pounder gets past the first
round, he'll likely get a second round match against Iowa's Thomas Gilman, a
grappler he's lost to by one point twice this season.
admitted he hasn't looked at the bracket, isn't shying away from another
rematch. One of the grittiest guys on the team, he knows he has to beat the
best to be the best.
"I honestly don't
look at the bracket, I just go out and wrestle," Conaway said. "We've had some
close matches and I just have to keep battling and this will be the time to win
133: Sophomore Jimmy Gulibon (22-7, Seventh Seed, Sixth at B1G Tournament) Perhaps no Penn
State wrestler has improved more dramatically from last season to this season
than Jimmy Gulibon.
A year after the
highly touted recruit finished an up-and-down freshman year by going 1-2 in his
first NCAA Tournament appearance, the 133-pounder has looked like a legit contender
for much of this season, finishing the dual meet season schedule with a 13-2
While he finished sixth
at the conference tournament despite winning his first two meets, Gulibon is
still 12-7 this year against the 133-field and 9-6 against ranked opponents. He
enters the tournament with an excellent chance to claim his first All-American
One potential match
to look forward to is Gulibon's second round bout, which will be against
Lehigh's Mason Beckman if both wrestlers advance. In the two team's season
opening match, Gulibon beat Beckman, who was ranked second at the time, 8-3.
"I can't be complacent
and stay back and try to hold a lead. I have to keep wrestling," Gulibon said.
"I was a little upset with my performance last year. This year, I'd like to get
out there and keep attacking."
149: Sophomore Zack Beitz (18-9,12th Seed, Fifth at B1G Tournament) One of two Nittany
Lions making their NCAA Tournament debuts this weekend, Beitz may be the least
heralded wrestler Penn State is sending. That being said, the redshirt
sophomore is another guy that appears to be hitting his stride the last month.
A scrapper that has
always had a knack for giving top opponents all they can handle, Beitz has
recently shown the ability to finish off ranked guys. An impressive pin over
fourth ranked Josh Kindig of Oklahoma State as well as a fifth place finish at
the conference tournament has raised his profile.
Mifflintown, Pennsylvania, native is looking to show he belongs at the national
level. While he originally saw time in Penn State's lineup last year as an
injury replacement for Andrew Alton, Beitz has proved he can be a starter, and
an impressive performance this weekend would enhance his reputation even more.
To do it, the 12th-seeded Beitz will have to make sure he doesn't look his past his first round
opponent, Shawn Greevy of Chattanooga. A win there could set up a matchup with
Cornell's Chris Villalonga, the fifth seed and one of the top contenders in the
"Being at the national tournament is something you train
for and look forward to all year long," Beitz said. "This is why we wrestle.
This is the tournament that means so much to all of us. The biggest thing is to
go out there with great focus and know what your goals are."
174: Senior Matt Brown (24-3, Second Seed, Second at B1G Tournament) It's hard to
imagine any competitor being more determined than Matt Brown is right now.
The Penn State
captain has accomplished nearly everything a wrestler can in his four-year
career. He's got over 100 career victories, won an individual conference title,
been to the national finals and claimed All-American honors twice.
All that remains
now is that elusive national championship. Brown enters his final NCAA Championships
as the No. 2 seed at his weight, yet he knows a trip to the finals won't come
As usual, the 174-bracket is brutally tough, with nobody in the top nine having
lost more than six times this season. Having finished fifth last year after
coming up just one win short of a title in 2013, Brown knows better than anyone
that the field is wide open.
competitive bracket, I think they'll be a lot of good matchups,' Brown said. "I
think I'm just going into this weekend knowing the NCAA tournament is a lot of
fun. I know it's exciting but it's nothing that I should be intimidated of or
Brown begins the
weekend with a 10-3 season record against tournament qualifiers, with two of
those loses coming against the top seed, undefeated Robert Kokesh of Nebraska.
Having lost to him
in the finals of the Big Ten tournament, Brown would love a third shot at the
Cornhusker. At the same time, he has a long road to get there and the Nittany
Lion All-American wants to savor every moment on the mat he has left.
"I think I'll
reflect when it's over, knowing my days in a Penn State singlet are numbered,"
Brown said. "I'm excited though, it's fun. It's what we train for. It's not
what I want to do for the rest of my life, but it's what I want to do now."
184: Freshman Matt McCutcheon (23-12, 14th Seed, Fourth at B1G
Tournament) Penn State's lone
freshmen qualifier, Matt McCutcheon is hoping the momentum he picked up at the
Big Ten Championships carries over into this weekend.
While he went just
7-8 during the dual meet season, the redshirt freshman really began to flash
his potential in the conference tournament, going 3-1 with his last two
victories coming against top-15 opponents, including a 9-1 major of Nebraska's
T.J. Dudley in the fourth place bout.
As impressive as
McCutcheon's performance there was, now is when the challenge really begins.
Not unlike many of his teammates, the 184-pounder has a tough second round
opponent, with Arizona State's third seeded Blake Stauffer (31-1) most likely
waiting for him if he can get past his first match.
has the confidence of Sanderson, who believes his first-year wrestler has the
confidence and skill to perform on the sport's grandest stage.
"I thought the best he's
looked was at the Big Ten [Championships]," Sanderson said. "His best shots,
his strongest finishes, more than anything just the best look he's had in his
eye. I think he's going to wrestle with some fire."
197 Pounds: Junior Morgan McIntosh (26-2, Second Seed, First at B1G Tournament)
wrestling, it's generally thought that if you can win in the Big Ten, you can
probably win against anyone. If so, Morgan McIntosh could very well be in line
to claim his first individual national title this weekend.
A year after he
earned his first All-American nod, McIntosh entered the current season with
huge expectations and plenty of responsibility on his shoulders. Having just
blazed his way to his first conference title, the junior is clearly living up
to his reputation as Penn State's next leader and star.
Currently riding an
11-match winning streak that includes victories over five top-10 opponents,
McIntosh has never looked better than he has since the start of the new year.
Nonetheless, he has refused to get complacent.
As one of the
team's captains, McIntosh knows he needs to not only win, but also get bonus
points if Penn State is going to make any noise in the team race. Even after
winning the Big Ten, he still hasn't been satisfied with his performance.
"It's not like a
huge giant breakthrough for me, I've always known that I'm capable of [winning
the conference tournament]," McIntosh said. "It was nice to get there and win
that, but there's other things to worry about. There's always opportunites to
score more and other things I could of done but I can still work on it."
While a lot can
certainly happen in the tournament and nothing is set in stone, a trip to the
finals for McIntosh could likely mean a matchup with top-ranked J'Den Cox of
Missouri, last year's 197-pound national champion and a guy who hasn't lost all
When the two
wrestlers faced off at the Southern Scuffle at the beginning of January, Cox
won a low-scoring 2-1 match. Though he knows he can compete with the Tiger
wrestler, McIntosh is more focused on winning each of his bouts by a large
margin to bolster the team score than he is on preparing himself for a rematch.
"When you think
about the team and all the guys around you, you do wrestle harder," McIntosh said.
"I definitely feel like that. I don't want to win just for me. I want to win
for the team. I've got great guys around me, they've all been working hard and
I just want to go out there and score points."
285: Senior Jimmy Lawson (15-3, Eighth Seed, Sixth at B1G Tournament) By now, facing
adversity is as common to Jimmy Lawson as putting on a singlet or trying to
score a takedown.
to Penn State in 2013, the Toms River, New Jersey, native has had so many
setbacks it's been hard to keep track.
First, there was
the personally disappointing 1-2 showing at his first NCAA Tournament. Then
came the devastating knee injury that ended his 2014 season, followed by
various ailments this year that prevented him from sustaining momentum. That's
not to mention his three-year battle with Jon Gingrich for the starting
heavyweight spot, something that would have been too much pressure for many to
None of that
matters anymore. With his final college tournament days away, Lawson is finally
the Lions undisputed guy at 285 and has one more chance to become an
"I embraced the
competition," Lawson said. "Jon's one of the best heavyweights in the nation
and when you practice against someone like that you get better. I think coming
to Penn State was the best opportunity to get better fast. It forced me to work
harder every day. I've been more aggressive this year and I feel confident I
can win a national title."
While Lawson is on
the other side of the bracket than the two wrestlers who beat him this year,
Iowa's Bobby Telford and Michigan's Adam Coon, he still will have plenty of
difficult opponents to face. If Lawson wins his first two matches, he could
easily face No. 1 Nick Gwiazdowski of North Carolina State with a birth in the
semifinals on the line.
But that's all way
ahead in the future and out of his control. For a guy who's gone through so
much, Lawson is looking at this weekend as a chance to simply have some fun.
"You don't really
feel pressure at this stage of the game," Lawson said. "If don't wrestle
confident you're going to fail because everyone's going 100 percent. I'm not
really feeling pressure I'm just excited. It's a great opportunity. I haven't
been here in two years so I'm excited."
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. - The Nittany Lion wrestling team begins
competition at the 2015 NCAA Championships on Thursday in St. Louis. The
four-time defending champs head to the final tournament of the season with high
expectations. Before the team departed, GoPSUsports.com caught up with a number
of wrestlers for their thoughts leading up to the national tournament.
GoPSUsports.com's Tony Mancuso on Twitter @GoPSUTony
McIntosh powered past top-seeded Kyle Snyder from Ohio State for a 4-1 victory
in the final match at 197 to earn Penn State's 35th Big Ten individual
championship. The California native is the 20th different Nittany Lion wrestler
to win a Big Ten title.
Senior Matt Brown came up short in his bid to become a two-time Big Ten
champion in the finals at 174 pounds. Nonethetless, McIntosh and Brown wrestled
well throughout the weekend and represented the Nittany Lions on the
conference's biggest wrestling stage before a packed house in Columbus on
In addition to Brown and McIntosh, Jordan Conaway (125) finished third, Jimmy
Gulibon (133) placed sixth, Zack Beitz (149) finished fifth, Matt McCutcheon
(184) finished fourth and Jimmy Lawson (285) came home in sixth.
In the team race, the Nittany Lions finished fifth in the final standings with
96.5 points. Iowa and Ohio State tied for the team title and were named
co-champions with 120.0 points.
Final Team Standings 1. Iowa - 120.0
2. Ohio State - 120.0
3. Minnesota -108.0
4. Michigan - 101.5
5. Penn State - 96.5
The evening belonged to McIntosh, who put on a show in the 197-pound final.
McIntosh dropped a 6-1 decision to Snyder when the two teams met during the
dual season, but the Nittany Lion junior said he learned a few things from the
first match that he needed to clean up heading into Sunday's final.
After a scoreless first, McIntosh struck first when he completed a takedown
along the left edge of the mat. The move handed McIntosh a 2-1 lead after one
period. Starting the third period on the bottom, McIntosh wasted little time
snapping out for an escape point. With a 3-1 edge and 1:12 of riding time in
hand, McIntosh captured his first Big Ten title with a superb performance.
"It feels good, and it's obviously nice to go out there and get a win against a
guy I had already lost to," McIntosh said. "I'm just so grateful for my coaches
and my family. It's been a fun ride, and it was fun to go out there and wrestle
in front of a huge crowd."
"I thought Morgan looked really good," head coach Cael Sanderson said. "He did
what he needed to do. He used his abilities on top to earn a point there....He's
a Big Ten champ now and that is a great weight class. It's one of the tougher
weight classes in the Big Ten. That should set him up well seeding-wise going
Brown came up short against No. 1 Robert Kokesh of Nebraska in the 174-pound
final. The unbeaten Nebraska senior got on the board first with a takedown
along the edge of the mat during the first period. Brown quickly escaped out,
setting the score at 2-1. Brown then opened the second frame with an escape,
which squared the match at 2-2. But Kokesh's takedown in the final seconds of
the second period proved to be pivotal.
Brown nearly had a takedown and near fall points, but Kokesh scrambled to a
takedown at the buzzer for a 4-2 lead after two. He added another takedown in
the third period to set the final tally at 7-3. Brown will head to the national
tournament with a 24-3 mark after placing second in Columbus.
Conaway turned in a strong tournament for the Nittany Lions at 125 pounds. He
finished the weekend with a 3-1 mark following two wins on Sunday. Conaway
bounced back from a narrow 5-4 setback to top-seeded Thomas Gilman from Iowa in
the semifinals on Saturday with a gritty 2-1 win over Michigan's Conor Youtsey
in the consolation semifinals on Sunday. Conaway then earned third place in the
draw with a win by forfeit in the final bout of the day.
"It's been fun," Conaway said. "I wanted to be in the finals wrestling for
first, but that's not how it happened. So battling back for third was the next
With the Big Ten Championships complete, the Nittany Lions will now shift focus
towards the season's ultimate prize. The 2015 NCAA Championships begin on March
19 in St. Louis.
"I'm pumped (for nationals)," McIntosh said. "I'm excited to get back to work
and head on the road with this team. We have an awesome group of guys."
Breaking Down the Nittany Lions
125: #5 Jordan Conaway (23-6) - 3-1 - Third
Place (NCAA Qualifier)
133: #3 Jimmy Gulibon (22-7) - 2-3 - Sixth Place (NCAA Qualifier)
Session I Video Highlights & Interviews
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Senior Matt Brown (174) and junior Morgan McIntosh (197) will
wrestle for Big Ten titles on Sunday following victories in Saturday evening's
Big Ten semifinals inside St. John Arena.
Each wrestling in their third Big Ten tournament, Brown and McIntosh will lead
the Penn State charge into the final day of the two-day event. Brown will be
seeking his second Big Ten crown, while McIntosh will make his first appearance
in the title match on Sunday afternoon (3 p.m. on BTN).
In addition to Brown and McIntosh in the finals, Jordan Conaway (125), Jimmy
Gulibon (133), Zack Beitz (149), Matt McCutcheon (184) and Jimmy Lawson (285) are
all still alive in the race for third place at their respective weight classes.
Those five Nittany Lions will wrestle in the consolation semifinals beginning
at 1 p.m. on Sunday.
In the team race, the Nittany Lions head into the final day of the Big Ten
Championships in sixth spot. Host Ohio State holds a slim 1.5-point lead over
Iowa in the standings following Saturday evening's action.
Session II Standings - (Wrestlers Left
in Finals/Consolation Draw) 1. Ohio State - 102.5 (4 in finals, 4 in consolation semifinals)
2. Iowa - 101.0 (4 in finals, 4 in consolation semifinals)
3. Minnesota - 86.5 (3 in finals, 4 in consolation semifinals)
4. Michigan - 80.5 (1 in finals, 6 in consolation semifinals)
5. Illinois - 79.0 (1 in finals, 6 in consolation semifinals)
6. Penn State - 78.5 (2 in finals, 5 in consolation semifinals)
Saturday evening belonged to Brown and McIntosh, Penn State's two locker room
leaders. Brown turned in another dominant third-period ride out to power past
Iowa's Mike Evans. The duo met in the Bryce Jordan Center on Feb. 8, with Brown
scoring a 2-0 win after a ride out in the third. Brown again dictated the pace
in the semifinals for a repeat performance. He notched an escape in the second
before starting the third in the top position. The West Valley City, Utah,
native never relinquished the top spot on his way to the Big Ten title bout.
"He's tough to ride, and I've been able to just kind of work hard. It's called
a grind ride," Brown said. "It's paid off the last two matches (against him)...I
felt confident heading into the third period that if he did get away, I was
going to take him down, to be honest. That's something I wanted to do is take
him down. I didn't get that this match, but I got the 'W'."
At 197 pounds, McIntosh jumped out to a 3-1 lead over Minnesota's Scott
Schiller after a takedown and a penalty point for unsportsmanlike conduct.
McIntosh added an escape to begin the second period and led 4-1 heading into
the third. Schiller made a late charge with an escape and a takedown, which
squared the score at 4-4. However, McIntosh exploded out of the bottom position
for a match-winning escape point with 12 seconds to go. The late move sent the
California native to the final.
"Schiller is a tough kid, and I enjoy going out there and wrestling him,"
McIntosh. "I know every time you go out there with him, it's going to be a
fight on the mat. I wish I would have wrestled a little more aggressively...But I'm
grateful and the opportunity that I have to be here (in the championship
The Nittany Lions competed from start to finish in the second session, but came
up just short in a host of close matches, including three bouts decided by two
points or fewer in the tournament semifinals. Conaway dropped a narrow 5-4
decision to top-seeded Thomas Gilman from Iowa, Gulibon fell in sudden victory
(7-5) to second-seeded Ryan Taylor from Wisconsin and Hammond came up just shy
of a win in a 4-2 decision against Minnesota's Brett Pfarr.
The margin for error in a tournament as deep as the Big Ten Championships is
razor thin. Nonetheless, the Lions head into Sunday with two finalists and five
grapplers capable of placing third. Stay tuned for more from Columbus on
"Everybody has fought, and that's something you can't take away from them,"
Breaking Down the Nittany Lions
125: #5 Jordan Conaway (21-6) - 1-1 - Consolation
Semifinals Up Next: Conaway will meet
sixth-seeded Conor Youtsey from Michigan in the consolation semifinals on
Sunday. He is still alive in the race for third.
133: #3 Jimmy Gulibon (22-5) - 2-1 - Consolation Semifinals Up Next: Gulibon will face fourth-seeded
Johnni DiJulius from Ohio State in the consolation semifinals on Sunday. He is
still alive in the race for third.
149: #6 Zack Beitz (17-8) - 2-1 - Consolation Semifinals Up Next: Beitz will wrestle in
the consolation semifinals against fifth-seeded Alec Pantaleo of Michigan on
Sunday. He is still alive in the race for third.
157: #9 Luke Frey (13-7) - 1-2 - Tournament Complete